About the South African Workplace Equality Index

What is the South African Workplace Equality Index?

The South African Workplace Equality Index (SAWEI) is a short survey seeking to benchmark and recognise the employers that are most inclusive towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in South Africa. 

Why have an index?

South Africa has one of the most liberal constitutions in the world protecting the rights of LGBT+ people, yet societal discrimination and exclusion still exist. A change in attitudes and acceptance in the workplace has the potential to create wider positive change.

Similar benchmarks in other countries have been a powerful way of helping companies benchmark themselves against peers and to identify areas of improvement.

Creating inclusive working environments not only impacts the lives of LGBT+ people in the workplace, but it helps foster a more diverse and inclusive environment for all employees. Happier employees make a happier company and a happier society.

Why participate?

We think there are five reasons to take part:

  • You can assess your organisation's achievements and progress on LGBT+ equality
  • You can identify best practice that can help in developing your Employment Equity plan and promote diversity in all its forms in your organisation
  • You can compare your company to other organisations and peers
  • You can opt to be completely anonymous or, equally, you can display your rating on your company website to demonstrate your inclusive credentials
  • It is free to participate

Remember that sponsors of the Forum receive more detailed advice on how to improve their rating. To find out how to be a sponsor see our sponsorship pages.

To participate, please register your company by contacting our project co-ordinators.

Register to participate

If you made it this far, then it looks like you want your company to participate. This is great.

To participate in the SAWEI, a nominated HR representative or senior leader in your organisation needs to sign up by contacting our project co-ordinators. We will then make contact and provide your company with access to our easy to complete online submission page.

The SAWEI this year consists of only 12 multiple choice questions which will each require supporting documentation to be submitted by your organisation online. It's a very easy process and we can provide the necessary support along the way. We anticipate that collecting evidence will take about three to four hours and completing the survey should take about one hour only.

Key Dates and Guidance Notes

Watch this space for more information